Now in its seventh season, this year's winner will be recognised as an official FIA world champion for the first time, a sign of the championships' growing stature.
The campaign had initially been due to start in Chile on 16-17 January but those races have had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hamilton missed last Sunday's Sakhir GP, but the FIA and Mercedes both confirmed that he had passed a number of negative COVID-19 tests after completing a 10-day quarantine period in Bahrain
The French Formula One driver somehow wrenched himself free from his blazing Haas car with just burns to his hands and a broken left foot after a collision with Daniil Kvyat on the first lap of Sunday's Grand Prix. He left the hospital on Wednesday.
The Mercedes team said it would announce a replacement driver later in the week
Formula 1 2020: Romain Grosjean praises halo safety device after surviving horror crash during Bahrain GP
Grosjean, 34, trapped in his cockpit, flew under the barrier as it gave way and as his car burst into flames, splitting in two on impact, but managed to escape with only "light burns" to his hands and ankles.
Formula 1 2020: Red Bull sporting director Jonathan Wheatley to miss Bahrain GP after testing positive for COVID-19
The vastly-experienced key pit-wall decision-maker returned a positive test during mandatory pre-race tests and will be isolation for 10-days in line with the sport’s protocols and public health guidelines.
Formula 1 2020: FIA defend appointment of Vitaly Petrov as race steward despite controversial views on racism, gay rights
Petrov's appointment was questioned on Thursday by several drivers, led by Lewis Hamilton, and condemned by Racing Pride, a British motorsport equal rights initiative.
Hamilton's bid to match Michael Schumacher's record of 91 victories in Sochi on Sunday was wrecked when he was punished with two five-second penalties for pre-race misdemeanours.
Formula 1 2020: Lewis Hamilton's time penalties at Russian GP was in line with regulations, says FIA's Michael Masi
Race director Michael Masi has hit back at Lewis Hamilton’s claim that Formula One’s rulers are trying to stop him winning races — and said Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix stewards acted fairly by penalising him.
FIA investigating Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton for Breonna Taylor t-shirt at Tuscan Grand Prix, says report
Lewis Hamilton, who won the Tuscan GP, wore a t-shirt bearing a message that said "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor" before and after the race, during an anti-racism ceremony and television interviews.
Racing Point said it had decided to accept the sanctions imposed and to move on, in the wider interests of the sport, following an agreement between all the teams on new rules to prevent any future 'reverse engineering' of other teams' cars.
The Concorde agreement will cover the 2021 through 2025 seasons and follows years of intense negotiation on the sport's commercial side.
The Racing Point car has been dubbed the "pink Mercedes" because the team is accused of copying the part from Mercedes.
Formula 1 2020: Hard work for governing body to figure out rest of the season's calendar, admits Jean Todt
Todt remains hopeful that some fans will be allowed back in for races this year. The French Open tennis tournament announced earlier this week that a maximum 60% of fans will be permitted to attend the clay-court major when it starts in late September.
Other teams were caught cold by the innovation, with Red Bull claiming in their protest that Mercedes' DAS is both an aerodynamic and a suspension device.
Teenaged racer Aashi Hanspal is among the 20 selected out of 70 entries from five continents for FIA's ambitious 'Girls on Track Rising Stars Project'.
Austria’s health ministry on Saturday gave the green light to two Formula One motor races on 8 and 12 July — the delayed season-openers — to be held without spectators
Coronavirus Outbreak: Formula 1 teams to be limited to 80 people each at closed races, state new FIA regulations
Formula One’s 10 teams will be limited to a maximum 80 people each at races held without spectators when the delayed season gets going in July.
Formula One’s 10 teams have agreed cost-cutting measures including a budget cap of $145 million (119 million pounds) for 2021, the BBC reported on Friday.